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Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editor: Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

Associate Editor: Steven Kuchuck, Eyal Rozmarin

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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51-60 of 61 results in Relational Perspectives Book Series
  1. Soul on the Couch

    Spirituality, Religion, and Morality in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

    Edited by Charles Spezzano, Gerald J. Gargiulo

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Ever since Freud put religion on the couch in "The Future of an Illusion," there has been an uneasy peace, with occasional skirmishes, between these two great disciplines of subjectivity. As prime meaning givers, God and the unconscious have vied for supremacy in our thinking about ourselves,...

    Published March 31st 2003 by Routledge

  2. Affect in Psychoanalysis

    A Clinical Synthesis

    By Charles Spezzano

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Drawing on the writings of Freud, Fairbairn, Klein, Sullivan, and Winnicott, Spezzano offers a radical redefinition of the analytic process as the intersubjective elaboration and regulation of affect. The plight of analytic patients, he holds, is imprisonment within crude fantasy elaborations of...

    Published January 31st 2003 by Routledge

  3. Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation

    Emotional Engagement in the Analytic Process

    By Karen J. Maroda

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation demonstrates how interpersonal psychoanalysis obliges analysts to engage their patients with genuine emotional responsiveness, so that not only the patient but the analyst too is open to ongoing transformation through the analytic experience. In so doing,...

    Published November 30th 2002 by Routledge

  4. The Reproduction of Evil

    A Clinical and Cultural Perspective

    By Sue Grand

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Why is it that victims of abuse so often become perpetrators, and what can psychoanalysis offer to these survivor-perpetrators, whose criminal conduct seems to transcend the possibilities of empathic psychoanalytic inquiry. In The Reproduction of Evil, Sue Grand engages these deeply troublesome...

    Published May 31st 2002 by Routledge

  5. A Meeting of Minds

    Mutuality in Psychoanalysis

    By Lewis Aron

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this richly nuanced assessment of the various dimensions of mutuality in psychoanalysis, Aron shows that the relational approach to psychoanalysis is a powerful guide to issues of technique and therapeutic strategy. From his reappraisal of the concepts of interaction and enactment, to his...

    Published November 30th 2001 by Routledge

  6. The Therapist as a Person

    Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences, and Their Effects on Treatment

    Edited by Barbara Gerson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this collection of powerfully illuminating and often poignant essays, contributors candidly discuss the impact of central life crises and identity concerns on their work as therapists. With chapters focusing on identity concerns associated with the body-self (body size, ethnicity, sexual...

    Published June 30th 2001 by Routledge

  7. Relational Perspectives on the Body

    Edited by Lewis Aron, Frances Sommer Anderson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Contemporary psychoanalysis has devoted so much of its attention to relational and interpersonal aspects of psychic life that questions have begun to emerge regarding the place of the body and bodily experience in our psychological worlds. Relational Perspectives on the Body addresses these...

    Published September 30th 2000 by Routledge

  8. Psychoanalytic Participation

    Action, Interaction, and Integration

    By Kenneth A Frank

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Psychoanalytic Participation: Action, Interaction, and Integration, Kenneth Frank argues that the gulf between analysis and what he terms "action-oriented" or cognitive-behavioral techniques is anachronistic and has unnecessarily limited the repertoire of analytically oriented clinicians. In...

    Published July 31st 1999 by Routledge

  9. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 1

    The Emergence of a Tradition

    Edited by Stephen A. Mitchell, Lewis Aron

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Over the course of the past 15 years, there has been a vast sea change in American psychoanalysis. It takes the form of a broad movement away from classical psychoanalytic theorizing grounded in Freud's drive theory toward models of mind and development grounded in object relations concepts. In...

    Published March 31st 1999 by Routledge

  10. Influence and Autonomy in Psychoanalysis

    By Stephen A. Mitchell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Stephen A. Mitchell has been at the forefront of the broad paradigmatic shift in contemporary psychoanalysis from the traditional one-person model to a two-person, interactive, relational perspective. In Influence and Autonomy in Psychoanalysis, Mitchell provides a critical, comparative...

    Published October 31st 1997 by Routledge